18-year-old charged in fire that killed three children in S. Indiana

NEW ALBANY, Ind. - An 18-year-old was charged Tuesday in the southern Indiana fire that killed three small children and hurt another last week.

Affiliate WHAS 11 reports Cody Cashion, 18, was already in custody with Clark County and has now been charged with three counts of murder and one count of arson.

The fire was originally thought to have been caused by a space heater. However, officials said new evidence has led investigators to take another look at the fire scene.

Police said in the early morning hours of Jan. 4, Cashion fired a flare gun at the house on Ealy Street in New Albany. He reportedly was in a dispute with a resident of the home.

Police said they believe Cashion did not know the children were in the house at the time of the incident.

The Jan. 4 fire killed 2-year-old Trinity Hughes, 4-year-old Tyrese Hughes and 6-year-old Tai'zah Hughes. A coroner says smoke inhalation was the cause of death for all three.

Firefighters rescued a fourth child, who was hospitalized, after forcing their way into the home.

Casion was arrested after he was allegedly drunk when he crashed into a Clarksville police cruiser at 4 a.m. Jan. 8. An officer was hospitalized as a result of the crash but has since been released from the hospital. Cashion was charged with multiple felonies, including operating while intoxicated, resisting law enforcement and attempted murder of a police officer.